Low Protein Low Sodium Spicy Potato Chickpea Stew

This hearty Low Protein Low Sodium Spicy Potato Chickpea Stew is simple to prepare and beneficial to kidney health. It has spices like toasted cumin, paprika, and pepper that add a ton of flavor to this stew. This is a delicious meatless meal that the whole family will enjoy! 

This recipe is really simple. It uses only the most basic ingredients, such as potatoes, zucchini, onions, tomatoes, and chickpeas, and is great for any time of year or even as a meatless meal. It is packed with fiber and healthy carbohydrates and is utterly delicious.

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Low protein low sodium spicy potato chickpea stew

This recipe is kidney friendly

When it comes to managing chronic kidney disease (CKD), the most important thing to monitor is your daily protein intake. Usually, a low-protein diet is recommended for people with CKD stages 1 through 5 (those not on dialysis), and a high protein intake is recommended for those on dialysis.

Overall, this recipe is a great choice for kidney health and for all stages of kidney disease. This recipe contains 9 grams of protein per serving, which is not too much. All of the protein in this recipe comes from plant-based sources, specifically chickpeas. Proteins from plant-based sources are easier on the kidneys as they do not produce as much toxic waste as animal-based proteins do. This means your kidneys are less stressed when cleaning the waste from plant-based proteins.

Keep in mind, though, that plant-based proteins may not contain all the essential amino acids that your body needs to function properly. That’s why it’s important that you eat a variety of vegetables and plant-based proteins so that you can get all the required essential amino acids. The good thing about this recipe is that the combination of various vegetables in it ensures that it has good amounts of all the essential amino acids.

As kidney disease gets worse, your kidneys’ capacity to remove phosphorus from your body becomes limited. If you have moderate or advanced stages of kidney disease, your health care provider might ask you to limit your phosphorus intake.

This recipe is a good choice if you are looking to manage your dietary phosphorus intake. It contains 137 mg of phosphorus, which is a moderate amount for a serving. All of this phosphorus comes from plant-based sources, which means only 10–30% of the total phosphorus is absorbed in your body.

Sodium is another mineral that you need to watch out for if you have kidney disease. Each serving of this recipe contains 72 mg of sodium per serving, which is a low amount for a serving size.

Most of the sodium you eat doesn’t come from the salt shaker but instead from prepared or packaged foods. To lower your intake of sodium from these foods, choose foods that are either unsalted or have low or reduced sodium content. When you can, choose fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables over packaged or pre-cooked foods because they naturally have less sodium.

Each serving of this recipe contains 469 mg of potassium, which is a moderate amount for a single serving. Potassium is a mineral that helps keep your heart and muscles functioning well. In the early stages of kidney disease, a high-potassium diet is recommended because getting more potassium at this time can actually slow the progression of the disease. 

In the later stages of kidney disease, when the kidneys can’t get rid of the extra potassium, a diet low in potassium may be needed. Remember, you do not need to restrict your potassium intake unless your healthcare provider has asked you to do so. 

Work with your healthcare provider to learn about your blood potassium levels. If your blood potassium level is in the range of 3.5–5.0, then you do not have to worry about your daily potassium intake. However, if your blood potassium level is in the range of 5.1–6.0, you do need to monitor your daily potassium intake. Anything higher than 6.0 can be dangerous, and you should immediately seek medical attention. 

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Low protein low sodium spicy potato chickpea stew – great for CKD

This recipe is heart-healthy

Caring for your heart health is important if you have kidney disease. A heart-healthy diet has lower amounts of sodium, total fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol. 

This recipe is low in total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium, which makes it an excellent choice for a heart-healthy meal. Each serving of this recipe has 2 grams of total fat, which is considered low for a serving. 

There is no saturated fat and no cholesterol in this recipe. Most of the saturated fat and dietary cholesterol in our diet comes from animal products that we eat. Since this recipe does not contain any meat or dairy products, it does not have any dietary cholesterol or saturated fat.

As mentioned above, this recipe has 72 mg of sodium per serving, which is low for a serving. The spices and flavors of this recipe are amazing, and you will truly not miss having more sodium in this recipe.

This recipe is diabetes friendly

If you have diabetes, you need to manage your carbohydrate intake, as eating too much carbohydrate at one time can cause your blood sugar to spike. Apart from the amount of carbohydrate, it is also the fiber content of your food that affects your blood glucose levels, as fiber slows down the absorption of sugar in the blood.

This recipe has 34 grams of carbohydrate and 9 grams of fiber, which is great for managing diabetes. It is recommended that you keep your carbohydrate intake between 45 and 60  grams for each meal so as to avoid a rapid rise in your blood sugar. Additionally, the high amount of fiber in this recipe will make sure that you are full for longer periods of time and that your blood sugar level rises gradually over that period of time.

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Low protein low sodium spicy potato chickpea stew – great for heart health and diabetes

Ingredients that make this recipe great

Chickpeas: Chickpeas belong to the legume family and are also known as garbanzo beans. They are high in plant-based protein and can be used in various dishes, such as salads, soups, stews, and curries. They are packed with both soluble and insoluble fiber.

Soluble fiber is a type of fiber that can dissolve in water. It can help decrease blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Insoluble fiber is a type of fiber that cannot be dissolved in water and cannot be digested by your body. It adds bulk to the stool, allowing for regular bowel movements and preventing constipation.

Apart from their fiber content, chickpeas are also good for your bone health. Chickpeas are rich in manganese, a mineral that helps build bones and is necessary for maintaining healthy bone structure.

Potatoes: Potatoes get a bad rap for being starchy and having a high potassium content. But they are an excellent source of anthoxanthin, a type of antioxidant that helps lower blood cholesterol levels and blood pressure. 

Potatoes also have good amounts of folate, vitamin C, magnesium, and fiber, all of which are good for the health of your gut. Potatoes can be a part of a heart-healthy, kidney-friendly diet when eaten in moderation with portion control in mind.

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Low protein low sodium spicy potato chickpea stew – ingredients health benefits

How to make this recipe

Here are the steps to make this quick and easy stew. If you want to make this stew thicker, cook it for a longer time over low heat.  

  • Combine tomatoes with liquid, onion, garlic, ground cumin, paprika, black pepper, potatoes, zucchini and chickpeas in a 3- to 4-quart slow cooker.
  • Add the broth and mix thoroughly.
  • Cover and cook the stew for 8 to 9 hours on low or 4-5 hours on high, or until the potatoes are soft. 
  • Add the remaining 1 teaspoon cumin seeds. Give the stew a stir to mix the ingredients and serve with a side or cooked rice or quinoa.

How to store this recipe

This stew can be kept in the refrigerator for three to four days. It can also be frozen in closed, airtight containers or sturdy freezer bags for four to six months.

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Low Protein Low Sodium Spicy Potato Chickpea Stew

8f7236c9626d7dcca9cca39f75b7f03fArchana Singh, PhD
This kidney friendly, low protein, and low sodium potato chickpea stew is simple to make, satisfying, and great for heart health. It makes for a perfect week-night dinner or a meatless lunch-time meal.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 197 kcal


  • 2 15.5 oz canned chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 14.5 oz can of no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 8 oz red potatoes, unpeeled, coarsely chopped
  • 1 zucchini, medium, quartered lengthwise and sliced
  • 1 onion, medium, finely chopped
  • 3 cups fat-free, low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp cumin seed
  • 1 tsp cumin seed, dry-roasted
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp pepper


  • Combine chickpeas, tomatoes with liquid, potatoes, zucchini, onion, garlic, 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, paprika, and pepper in a 3- to 4-quart round or oval slow cooker.
  • Pour the broth in and stir to mix.
  • Cover the slow cooker and cook for 8 to 9 hours on low or 4.5 to 5 hours on high, or until the potatoes are soft.
  • Sprinkle the toasted cumin seeds on the stew and serve.


Calories: 197kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 9gFat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 72mgPotassium: 469mgFiber: 9gPhosphorus: 137mg
Keyword Heart Healthy, Kidney Friendly, Low protein, Low Sodium
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Do kidney patients need a low-protein diet?

Yes, a low-protein diet is generally recommended for kidney patients who are not on dialysis. So if you have CKD stages 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 (without dialysis), you should be following a low-protein diet. This is due to the fact that protein breakdown produces nitric waste, which is more difficult for the kidneys to clean, which can be stressful for your kidneys.

However, once you start dialysis, protein needs tend to be higher than usual. 

This is because dialysis, especially peritoneal dialysis, removes some protein from the blood. So, extra protein is needed to keep the protein levels in the blood at a healthy level.

Why do renal patients need a low-sodium diet?

Kidneys filter your blood, helping your body get rid of extra water. To move the water from the blood into a collecting channel in the kidneys, your body needs a balance of sodium and potassium.

This balance between sodium and potassium is upset by a diet high in sodium, which makes it harder for the kidneys to get the water out of the body. This makes the body hold too much water, which leads to hypertension, or high blood pressure, which is the leading cause of chronic kidney disease.

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